Cheddar Topped Shepherd's Pie


Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day yesterday?  I like any excuse to drink Guinness and wear my favorite color.  But best of all, I am a huge fan of hearty Irish cuisine, like Corned Beef & Cabbage or Shepherd's Pie.  Is Shepherd's Pie actually Irish or British?  No matter, wherever it officially derives from, it's bloody delicious (see what I did there?).  My 5-year-old wouldn't go near it with a 10-foot pole, but he also doesn't like green beer so his taste buds don't matter.   

After a lot of digging around online, I found this recipe that sounded the best to me, although I did still adapt it slightly.  My alterations: the recipe called for 2 pounds of ground beef but I substituted half of that with ground lamb, when the recipe called for 1 cup of water, I used Guinness instead (isn't that Irish for "water" anyway?), I threw in about 1/2 cup of frozen peas to the meat mixture at the very end, as well as some ground nutmeg and Worcestershire Sauce and I generously seasoned everything as I went with salt and pepper.  

This was comfort food at it's best and I can't wait to eat leftovers.  A perfect meal for the remainder of this very looooooooong winter (as in, eat it every night until bikini season seems near).   

Doesn't the Irish flag look something like this?


Lauren Brewer said...

I was going to make shepherds pie yesterday, but then ended up making that other traditional Irish meal: waffles. What? We're going away for 2 weeks tomorrow and that's all I could come up with. I look forward to trying this when we get back! Thanks!

Nicole Adeline said...
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Nicole Adeline said...

When you are in New York try the Shephards Pie at Friend of a Farmer in Gramercy Park! I grew up on long island in NY and we always ate at the original location in Roslyn but its not there anymore and I would ONLY order Shephards pie bc it was so good…

its still on their menu ;)

Linda said...

I seriously want to try this! Thanks so much for posting.


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